WJEC A level results 2012
16 August 2012
WJEC A level entries in Wales, England and Northern Ireland - Increases in number of entries for science and humanities subjects
Around 78,000 A level entries* were made through WJEC by centres in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2012, a small increase compared with 2011.
There were increases in the number of entries for all the science subjects, especially for Biology, which was the most popular science subject, as well as for Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
The number of WJEC entries for humanities subjects also increased, notably Religious Studies, with small increases in both History and Geography. Entries for World Development continued their steady growth; World Development is an A level subject provided only by WJEC which introduces students to issues of sustainability and global development. Also increasing were entries to Art and Design subjects, with Photography Lens and Light-Based Media proving a particularly popular area of study.
WJEC entries for German and Spanish fell this year, echoing a UK-wide trend. At A level there was a significant decrease in the number of entries for Welsh First Language, while entries for Welsh Second Language remained similar. Both these subjects are offered only by WJEC. At AS there was an encouraging rise in the number of entries for Welsh First Language, but a fall in the number of Welsh Second Language entries.
In Wales, a total of 8,259 candidates were awarded the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma, compared with 6,948 in 2011. “The Bac provides students with a unique range of experiences and develops skills which differentiate their applications from the thousands of others that we see,” said Steve Minney, Admissions Officer at Swansea University.
Gareth Pierce, WJEC Chief Executive, congratulated students on their success and thanked teachers, lecturers and others who supported their studies, together with the examiners who played such an important role in assessing their achievements. “Teaching staff, exam officers and parents provide the guidance and support for students to achieve their potential, and it is a privilege for us in WJEC to play our part alongside them, working with our dedicated teams of staff and examiners.”
* single award A level entries, including applied subjects
Further information on WJEC’s results in Wales, England and Northern Ireland: www.wjec.co.uk/examinationresults
Further details regarding the 2012 GCE Results in Wales are available in the JCQ Media Release for Wales
Further information on results for all awarding organisations in Wales, England and Northern Ireland: www.jcq.org.uk